Are you part of the 18.1%?
Is this your story?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older. That’s 18.1% of the population every year! In my professional experience, I would wager that number is much higher. Are you part of that 18.1%? What about some of the other mental health struggles I list and explain below?
Unfortunately, many people do not reach out for help due to fear of stigma, a dislike of prescriptions medications, di…
The "Perfect" Mom: Turning intimidation into inspiration.
Calling All Super Moms!
If you’re a wife and a mom, I think it’s hard to read about the woman in Proverbs 31:10-31 without feeling like you come up short. Not only does she sound like she does it all, but she sounds like she’s got it all together. How annoying. At least, that’s honestly how I feel, especially on a day where just getting the kids fed and out of the house on time feels like I’m trying to squeeze water out of a rock. “What’s that in your hair?”, you ask. “That would be the baby…
What To Do When Anger Gets The Best Of You
You know those days when it all just works out? Your children are happy, clean, fed, well behaved, they know that you love them, and everything is peaceful?
I'll wait until you stop laughing.
Well shocker, today was not that day.
Today my kids woke up on the wrong side of the bed and they let me know all about it. Tween #1 refused to eat breakfast and Tween #2 took an hour to make and eat breakfast. I ate nothing because by 10 am I already had a migraine. We homeschool so we have more…
How To Get Out of Your Own Head
As I was reading my devotional this morning, I had an epiphany. Immediately afterward, I realized that I should have had this “epiphany” long ago. This summer, Lord willing, I made it my mission to learn contentment and peace within my spirit despite times of hardship. This has always been one of my largest struggles. The last year and a half have NOT helped.
I've never had much trouble praying when times are tough, but I have always had trouble waiting on God. If you have ever wondered how t…
Acupressure For Headaches and Migraine
Last night I had a headache. Actually, it was a migraine. I used to live at the mercy of migraines since I was a kid. However, thanks to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), those little buggers were a thing of the past for 15 years.
Enter perimenopause stage left.
Yippie, the rules have changed. Again.
O, the joys of being a woman. It starts in middle school and keeps you guessing, raging, and reeling for years.
Good times, y'all.
Puberty ushered in some of the worst head…
Mental Health In Literature: Giving a Voice to Those Suffering in Silence
Long time, no type. (Sorry)
It's back to school here amid pandemic 2.0 here in Florida and things have been, well..
I often refer to myself as a mental health warrior. What the heck does that mean? Do I have a Xena Warrior Princess costume hiding in the back of my closet> You know, a little plether number that I dust off one a year for the Ren Fest?
Simmer down CosPlay crew. I love the Ren Fest.
When I say I'm a mental heath warrior I'm talking about r…
Yes, It’s Okay to Say No
This week I was offered a volunteer leadership opportunity. The position is important, God-honoring, and has the ability to impact others lives positively. I left the meeting promising to pray about the decision. This is something I do before making most decisions except “Should I have coffee?”
That is always a yes.
However, no sooner did I get behind the wheel of my car did I feel a clear and resounding “No.” The answer came to me so quickly that it bothered me. So of course I questioned it. …
Body Shaming Bullies
I grew up in Michigan, which is basically the frozen tundra.
Seriously, we watched football outdoors in shorts when it walk is the 50's. Ooooh, balmy.
I did my first undergrad in Manhattan. Neither of these places uses the words "bikini ready" very often.
...then I moved to South Florida. The land of perpetual bikini readiness. Groan.
For awhile it didn't phase me. It's possible that I was just young, in good shape, and did not have the perspective that giving birth to two babies and subs…
9 Reasons Magnesium Is The Bomb
Adding magnesium to your diet, either with food or as a supplement, can be a total game changer. Magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, is involved in over 300 metabolic reactions that are essential to good health. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 50% of all Americans don't get enough of it.
I'm just going to address magnesium supplements in this post. However, there are a variety of foods that can help you add magnesium to your diet. Let me just say this...chocolate is …
This Is Not What I Signed Up For
"This is not what I signed up for." Raise your hand if you've been saying THAT for the last year and half. Maybe longer? (Guilty)
Honestly, I think this has been my mantra for MUCH LONGER than I'd like to admit. I watched the business I'd spent 11 years building crash and burn in the wake of 2020. As a mother I found myself led to choose between my family and my work. Somehow, it was the easiest and hardest choice I've made all rolled into a giant dumpster fire of emotion and chaos.
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